|Dr. Mannie L. Brodie's Blog|
Some times things are happening to Christians and they are not progressing simply because of disobeying God's Word. Many saints never take the time to read and study the Word so that they will know what is right in God's sight. As a result of that they often disobey the Word and do worst or come to a place of non-productivity in their life. This is the consequence of disobedience. In 1 Samuel 15:22-23 "Then Samuel said: "Has the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed (listen to the word) than the fat of rams. For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because you have rejected the word of the LORD, he also has rejected you from being king."
Saints, his disobedience cost him his whole kingship, what a price to pay for disobedience. He was on top of the world although he was king; he was punished and lost everything because of his disobedience to the Word. I often tell people do not be wise in your own sight and lean not to your own understanding when it comes to the Word. Proverbs 3:5-7 "Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths. Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD and depart from evil" It is amazing to me to see how many saints will not obey God's Word, they always try to justify their position as if God is wrong and they are right. This is spiritually stupid, you should have enough common sense to know that God's Word is always right and whatever He tells us in His Word is better for us, no matter what the situation may look like in the natural. The Bible says in Amos 3:3 "Can two walk together, unless they are agreed?" How in the world do they expect God to bless them and answer their prayers when they consistently disobey Him? Many times a lot of saints are having on-going financial problems and not able to really meet their basic needs, most of them are one or two paychecks from being homeless and they will ask me why do I think they are having these problems and not receiving a breakthrough from God. The first thing I ask is - Do you tithe? At first they may try to avoid the question or talk around it and then I ask them again. Are you a consistent tither? Unfortunately, I have found out that 90 to 95 percent of them say no and then I tell them that is the reason or one of the main reasons they are not receiving their financial blessings from God. In Malachi 3:8-12 "Will a man rob God? Yet you have robbed Me! But you say, 'In what way have we robbed You?' In tithes and offerings. You are cursed with a curse, for you have robbed Me, even this whole nation. Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be food in My house, and try Me now in this," says the LORD of hosts, If I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you such blessing that there will not be room enough to receive it And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, so that he will not destroy the fruit of your ground, nor shall the vine fail to bear fruit for you in the field," says the LORD of hosts; And all nations will call you blessed, for you will be a delightful land," says the LORD of hosts." God calls people who do not tithe, robbers and if they would repent and bring the tithes into His storehouse (the church) He would open the windows of heaven and pour them out a blessing they could not receive. That means abundance in overflow and He would rebuke the devourer or devil so he could not destroy and steal all the fruits (blessing) of your field and all people (nations, ethnic groups) will call you blessed, says the Lord of hosts. Even after all this people still choose to disobey God, after He told them He would bless them. That is why they do not have anything because they will not agree with God so He cannot bless them the way He wants to because of their disobedience.
Remember obedience is better than sacrifice (1 Samuel 15:22-23). Do you think your disobedience is worth losing what God has for you? Again in Zechariah 7:7 "Should you not have obeyed the words which the LORD proclaimed through the former prophets when Jerusalem and the cities around it were inhabited and prosperous, and the South and the Lowland were inhabited?" God is answering the question of the people. God said they should have obeyed His Word when they were prosperous and they would have never had to go into bondage and fast for seventy years. God never asked them to fast they should have obeyed and stayed in God's blessing. Saints, many of you are in bondage today because of your disobedience. Always remember, the reason why mankind is in this position is because of Adam's disobedience, which is called sin. Adam lost everything because of his disobedient and you will too. Always remember obedience is better than sacrifice. You can choose to sin, but you cannot choose the consequences of your disobedience or sin against God's Word.
Obeying God's Word causes us to prosper. In Job 36:11 "If they obey and serve Him, they shall spend their days in prosperity, and their years in pleasures." The Bible says if you obey and worship Him (God) they or you or me shall spend our days in prosperity and our years in pleasure, not sick and broke. Saints, God always blesses obedience. In Deuteronomy 28:1-14 God made it clear to the children of Israel if they obey His Word, He would cause blessings to come upon everything they do and in their land and cattle. That sounds very good to me. He says He will bless them and good things will happen and they will increase. Saints, one of the quickest ways to increase with God is to obey His Word. There is a supernatural blessing that comes on the believer due to them obeying God's Word. That is why in Deuteronomy 28:2 "And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, because you obey the voice of the LORD your God." Deuteronomy 28:8 "The LORD will command the blessing on you in your storehouses and in all to which you set your hand, and He will bless you in the land which the LORD your God is giving you." The storehouse is your bank account and all you set your hands. This means every business transaction you are involved with shall prosper. Bless God, Saints, I do not know about you, but I cannot afford to disobey God. I enjoy being blessed. If I was to tell you how blessed I am you would not believe it. When I look at what God has done in our lives, it makes me want to obey Him more and more. There are supernatural blessings that come on you when we obey God. He will open up doors no one can close and close doors no one can open.
Isaiah 1:19 "If you are willing and obedient, you shall eat the good of the land." This means if we are willing to obey God's Word wherever we are at, we will do well. Always have the best or the good of the land that means your houses will be in the best areas and you will have the best the land or area has to offer. You will live just as good or better than the king and government officials. Many saints never tap into this blessing because first they must be willing to do it God's way and then be obedient to His word and not many believers will humble themselves so they never experience His blessings. But if you will be willing and obedient you will have God's best in your life. God rewards obedience. Saints always remember obedience always starts in your heart, because you obey God from your heart. Romans 6:17 "But God be thanked that though you were slaves of sin, yet you obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine to which you were delivered." That is what God looks at - our heart 1 Samuel 16:7 "But the LORD said to Samuel, "Do not look at his appearance or at the height of his stature, because I have refused him. For the LORD does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart" Saints, God is faithful to His Word, and if we obey, we will consistently experience His blessings in our lives.
In conclusion, I hope you understand that obedience is better than sacrifice and God requires obedience rather than any fasting or sacrifice. Nothing supercedes obedience and there are many saints today that are going through very hard times, simply because they have chosen to disobey God's Word and they and their families have suffered. Nevertheless, it is not too late to change your present situation by starting to obey the Word and stop leaning to your own understanding and miss what God has for you. If you are willing and obedient to God's Word, I guarantee you that you will eat the good of the land.
So may God continue to Bless you and your family.
Dr. Mannie L. Brodie, Jr.